31 March 2006
Vol 311, Issue 5769

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COVER Bundles of rice crop hanging on bamboo sticks in Japan. The earliest farmers unknowingly selected a single base pair mutation in a regulatory gene that substantially reduced grain shattering of the wild progenitor of rice. This led to domestication of the world's leading food crop. See page 1936. Photo: Dex/Getty Images